The scariest villains EVER

From: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Xbox, PC, PS2, 2005)

Any fan of classic horror author H.P. Lovecraft knows about Innsmouth, a tiny, dilapidated seaside town inhabited by degenerate inbreds - and in Dark Corners of the Earth, you'll get to explore it for yourself. Not that it's a particularly nice place - as private detective Jack Walters, you're sent to Innsmouth to investigate a disappearance, and the strange, fish-faced inhabitants seem downright agitated by your questions. 

There's something creepy and unnatural about their voices and demeanors, too - their eyes are glassy, their skin is pale and half of them sound like they're gurgling their answers through a throat full of seawater. At first, they're not outright hostile, but that changes when you get a little too close to learning the town's dark secret. After being forced to check into the town's only hotel (run by a leering cannibal named Charlie Gillman), you're rudely awakened when the townsfolk come for you with axes and cleavers.


From there, you're forced into a memorably heart-poudning chase through the hotel's darkened rooms, locking doors behind you in a vain attempt to keep the inbreds from smashing through. And because you're unarmed, your only option is to continually look for new places to escape through. Before long, the fish-faces bust out the firearms, and you're forced to haul ass and find a hiding place if you don't want to be perforated. Hiding doesn't mean safety, either - until you find a means to fight back, you'll be continually hunted by the townsfolk as you creep through town, trying desperately to not be seen - or to attract the attention of things even worse than your pursuers.

From: Clock Tower 3 (PS2, 2003)

Clock Tower 3 has a great premise: as Alyssa, a resourceful but relatively defenseless 15-year-old girl, you're thrown into different times and places to be pursued by the spirits of dead serial killers. It's pretty spooky stuff (thanks in large part to cutscenes by Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku), but it suffers from diminishing returns on its baddies - that is, they start out terrifying, and then get progressively more lame until pretty soon you're being stalked by silly ninja harlequins and an eight-foot-tall musketeer.

But in the game's first level - a weird flashback to London during the Blitz in World War II - you have the privilege of being chased by Robert "Sledgehammer" Morris, a hulking brute with an executioner's hood and a hammer that's nearly as big as he is. Your first introduction to the bastard is to watch him horribly murder a little girl, after which he'll cackle and lope determinedly after you until you give him the slip. That's not easy, either - he'll follow you from room to room, chase you out into the street and relentlessly pursue you until you can find a flimsy hiding place that he won't think to check.


Like Scissorman before him (more on that later), Sledgehammer would disappear for long periods of time, and then turn up randomly when you least wanted him to. Usually, you'd have some warning in the form of his creepy theme music, but sometimes he'd just jump out of the shadows, forcing you to abandon whatever puzzle you were trying to solve and high-tail it for the relative safety of a nearby desk or curtain. 

You can run and hide, but don't think you can stand and fight. Letting Sledgehammer get too close will result in a few knocks on the head from his hammer, at which point Alyssa's "stress meter" will go through the roof. Once that happens, she flies into a panic and becomes uncontrollable, alternately running around haphazardly or standing still and quaking in fear - and if you take so much as a tap from the hammer while you're in this state, it's over.




  • desudesu893 - January 8, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    i was BORN on june the 13th... should i be worried??
  • DarthKato - October 16, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I was too! Nah, you shoudn't be worried.:)
  • googie926 - November 11, 2010 11:06 p.m.

  • poperman - October 29, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    they forgot the regenerator (re4) that rhing is friggen creepy!
  • ritesh - October 29, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    ah,game radar staffs are funny!
  • EAC73 - October 27, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    im surprised piggsy didnt got #5 i thought that was one of the scarriest things i ever saw.
  • Devil93065 - October 12, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    The ReDeads in OoT used to freak me the f&#@ out when I was a kid, the creepy moaning sound they made and the fact that they freeze you and proceed to rape you probably traumatized me.
  • wiitard07 - July 31, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    Was anyone else scared shitless by the hunter in dead space? The first time i saw that bitch and line gunned his legs plasma cut his land and head only to watch the gory bloody stumps pump out blood and guts like a freaking fire hose and grow back almost made me turn the xbox off and hide in the corner like a frightened puppy. It also didnt help that he ALWAYS caught me off gaurd and had me tapping A for my life.
  • richardestes - July 31, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    freaking kusabi. nightmares for weeks. am I the only that has played this game is think it deserves number 1?
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Don't be skurred.
  • randomgirlk23 - April 4, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Dr. salavdor is a lot worst when you can't walk more than two steps in any direction
  • kaittybee - March 18, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    lol, i read this article twice. it was awesome, and totally true. most of those guys are creepy as hell! Nemesis isn't too bad though. i'm sure he's good, way deep down. i bet he even has a teddy bear
  • Kaiju - March 15, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Whence I saw the ReDeads, oman oman. That brought back memories. I played Zelda OoT when I was 7-9 years old. && I havent played it since. Though, I will never forget. That horrible scream. >o< It was awful. It scared the shit out of me. && I played ResiEvil 4 when I was 11 and 12. Seeing it now just makes me want to play it again. And not to mention- How I beat it 15 or 17 times. But seriously, those graphics were terrifying. I played alone in the dark around 2 am in the morning, fn scary as Hell. && Pyramid Head, hot as Hell.
  • iheartmonkeyz - December 28, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    holy fudgenuts the redeads loke terrifying
  • FanofSaiyan - December 26, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Re-deads, creepiest Zelda enemy EVUR!!! ):O
  • Dvdsk - October 27, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    lool, i have resi4 i must agree that dr salvador is pretty scary but for me the scariest one of all time must be regenerator (resi4) he is surely the most scary criature that ever appeared in a videogame (sorry the bad english xD)
  • Chippie17 - October 27, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Pyramid head and scissorman are both on the least scary list lol
  • ryno - December 1, 2008 9:42 p.m.

    you should have put in the maggot shibito from Siren blood curse. that thing made me want to puke.
  • likedamaster - November 4, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    yeah, the Beserker did it for me.
  • hoodfab - November 4, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    ok, there should be a lot more dead rising bosses in here, some of them were REALLY creepy. Also, a few of them were like impossible. It was a great game.

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